A tour takes you through two magical cities of Laos, the country of millions elephants. Laos is still very much undiscovered and after decades of isolation, tourists are able to experience Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret. Highlights of this tour include exploring the unique temple architecture of Luang Prabang, the astonishing views over the city from the top of Mount Phousi and visiting the national buildings in Vientiane.
DAY 01: Arrive to Vientiane (D)
Upon arrival, tour guide & car welcome and transfer you to your hotel. After a short rest, we take our orientation short Walking Tour to Lao Capital, strolling around the city and observing the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and late evening. Seeing the city lifestyle of local Laos people.
Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 02: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B/L)
Have breakfast at hotel.
Then, we start to visit the major sights of the capital including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we have a photo stop at the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
From there, we visit the Central Market call ‘Morning Market’ where you can find the antique items for collection, well handmade textile and gift away items.
Have lunch at local restaurant, we spend the rest of this day touring Lao capital, visiting the National Museum (Revolutionary Museum) where varied antique items and legend of Laos’s history fighters and leaders displace from the ancient times to new revolution period.
Then, we take a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best – preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. UNESCO registered 1995 as World Cultural Heritage City. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia.
Arrive to Luang Prabang, we transfer you to hotel. After a short rest, we are strolling around to see the Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding the city, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful panorama sunset over this once royal ancient city and the Mekong River.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 03: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Baan Phanom (B/L)
Have breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a boat embarking upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On return, we overland local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan continue seeing the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belongs to royal family patronage and near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 04: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
Early this morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. This is the highlight of tour prior goodbye to this charming city.
After Breakfast, we then visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. We continue visit the silver smith’s and Fine Arts School and the Central Market are not to be missed. Finally, catch a flight goodbye to this ancient city.
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